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The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a 
short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate 
parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from 
them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to
the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British 
Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.

Speedbird 206: " Frankfurt , Speedbird 206! clear of active runway."
Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven." The BA 747 
pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location

Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not 
been to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I
didn't land."


You all may have heard this before, just felt like sharing to those who didn't. 

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